McGlowan Brings Race Into Debate
I am pretty cautious about going overly negative or positive on any candidate, and I will admit the candidate who has received the most negative coverage from the blog has been Angela McGlowan. It is not so much that I have anything against her or for the other candidates, it is just that she keeps setting herself up and there are two options: report her latest gaffe or not.
Alan at Y’all Politics was the first to catch on to this from Patsy Brumfield’s roundup of the latest MS-01 Republican debate. According to the article, McGlowan said, “I was told by some elected officials not to run- that it was Alan Nunnelee’s turn. They’re saying I want to take guns away from white people. But here I stand and here I’ll stay.”
She has frequently made the argument that the ‘good ole boys’ wanted Alan Nunnelee. She most recently said Trent Lott was behind the general establishment support for Nunnelee that has made him the GOP frontrunner since last summer. However, by bringing race into the debate she is in new territory. I suppose she may have said this before in smaller venues, but this is certainly the first I have heard of it. An underdog needs headlines, but you don’t need headlines like this.
No one is saying McGlowan is going to take guns away from white people. Rather, they are saying she supports gun registration which would affect everybody regardless of their race. Those Gallo comments, first made last summer and then posted online shortly after her entrance in the race, are the reason her campaign is in the shape that it is. She has been on defense since February while trying to blame it on Nunnelee unable to really give anyone a reason to support her, and- just as important- donate to her.
I will still have the MS-01 primary rundown later this afternoon as promised, and I think you can tell what direction I am going in with McGlowan. I imagine McGlowan will spend the next month doubling down on Nunnelee attacks, while further alienating the mainstream Republican vote. The question now isn’t if McGlowan can be the GOP nominee…it is what she does when she is not the nominee. I imagine she’ll make some tepid announcement in support of Nunnelee (if he is the nominee), but nothing else. Her ego may be too big to realize she was not the winner in the democratic process preventing her from offering much or any general election support. The GOP is going to need every vote they can get to unseat Travis Childers so even though McGlowan may have a small base it could still have an effect on the November vote.